does anyone else find it depressing when ppl with more established careers start patreons

like, shit, if so-and-so needs a side hustle, what hope do any of us have?

it feels like tipping—subsidizing the shitty pay of art/academia/whatever


i feel like the patreon/substackification of everything forces people to commodify shit they might normally do for free just as a hobby or whatever, and you gotta sell it as Vital Work even if it's the equivalent of an npr fundraiser tote bag. idk, just my impression, ymmv

@nev this! Or the assumption that you need to waste time generating perks in order to get donations.

@mattbk yeah, i found thinking of/producing rewards as onerous as writing the main thing. i found that most people were happy to just donate with nothing special in return

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